Esther Louise Gaines, 96, a lifelong resident of the Shenango Valley, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at Countryside Nursing Home in Mercer.
Mrs. Gaines was born on June 22, 1921, in Sharon, to George and Lois (Baker) Chantrey. She and her husband, Frank, were married in 1941. Frank passed away in 1985.
She was an active and charter member of East Side Church (Baptist-Disciples of Christ) in Sharon. She was a member of the Chancel choir and served in many capacities including Women's Fellowship, teacher, trustee and deaconess. For many years, she decorated the church for Christmas and Easter.
She graduated from Hickory High School in 1939 and the Shenango Valley Commercial Institute in 1941 and subsequently worked in the Accounting Department at Westinghouse.
Mrs. Gaines was well-known in the valley for her dressmaking and tailoring skills. She and her husband were members of the Pennsylvania Gladioli Society, and they grew flowers for valley florists.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol Lynn (Craig) Tipton of Perry, Ohio, two grandsons, Jonathan (Becky) Tipton of Aurora, Ohio, and Jeffrey (Tiffany) Tipton of Palmyra. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Brian and Gavin Tipton, Kaelyn and Keaton Tipton, and sister, Mary Ruth Woods of Transfer.
Gifts in her memory may be sent to the Memorial Fund of East Side Church, Sharon, or the American Cancer Society or Three Rivers Hospice Patient Care Fund, in memory of Esther.
Esther Louise, 96, a lifelong resident of the Shenango Valley.
Calling hours: 10 to 11 a.m. Monday (1-15-18) in SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage, PA 16148. Online condolences may be expressed at www.shermanfuneralhome.com.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday (1-15-18) in the funeral home, with Pastor Craig Thompson officiating.
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery.
Published on January 12, 2018